Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Health grants for Wheatbelt and Great Southern

    1/10/2013 12:00 AM
    • $1.9million in grants through the Southern Inland Health Initiative
    • Eight Royalties for Regions funded grants for  primary health initiatives

    Primary health services in the Wheatbelt and Central Great Southern will be boosted through eight State Government grants worth $1.9million.


    The grants are administered through the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), funded by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the grants had been awarded to a range of services across the SIHI catchment.


    “The SIHI will invest $26.7million over five years to improve primary health services in a large area of inland Western Australia,” Dr Hames said.


    “The projects include a $217,500 trial in the Central Great Southern to incorporate speech therapy services into everyday teaching for kindergarten and pre-primary children.


    “Another pilot program will trial the use of specially developed iPad applications to help Wheatbelt children to practise speech skills.”


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the programs that received grants would trial innovative ways of delivering primary health services.


    “We want to build the capacity of health, education and social services to provide a lasting effect on the way care is delivered,” Mr Grylls said.


    Details of the other grants are:

    • $469,300 for stages one and two of a Health Navigator program throughout the SIHI catchment to link people with diabetes, chronic lung conditions and heart failure to services that better manage their conditions
    • $154,000 for a Kids’ Health Link program to connect eastern Wheatbelt families with health, child development and parenting education services
    • $813,000 to employ and support diabetes educators to provide clinics and education to people with diabetes
    • $61,000 for an educator service in the eastern Wheatbelt to develop an early intervention and rehabilitation program for patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchitis
    • $44,000 for additional occupational therapy in the eastern Wheatbelt
    • $146,000 for a Mental Health Recovery Project in the western Wheatbelt to support clients recovering from mental illness.

            Fact File

    • SIHI aims to improve  health care for all residents of  southern inland WA
    • Funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, it includes:
      • $240million investment in health workforce and services over four years
      • $325million in capital works over five years

    Health Minister’s office - 6552 5300

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500